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GSN MONDAY MAILER MARCH 16 2015

Posted by on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in News, Uncategorized.

SAVE THE DATE!!!!GSN MEETING AT SOCIETY FOR APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY MEETINGS IN PITTSBURGH WEDNESDAY MARCH 25TH 5:30-7:20 IN ROOM Laughlin

Guatemala Scholars Network

CALL FOR PAPERS

Third biannual Summer Conference 

La Antigua, Guatemala (July 9th– 11th  2015

 

The Guatemalan Scholars Network (GSN) is seeking proposals for discussion base Invited Sessions, and Workshops to be presented in Guatemala.  This year’s emphasize is to promote a forum style discussion by bringing together perspectives across disciplines on proposed topics.  The program coordinators are particularly interested in topics that touch on the use of documentary resources such as archives, photography, film, and web sources.  We seek to highlight the organization’s mission of serving as an academic and scholar network across disciplines, institutions, and nations.   This is a great opportunity to engage in a deep discussion with Guatemalan scholars who have seldom opportunities to attend conferences abroad.  If you have specific theme proposals or want more information please contact conference organizers Sergio Romero (sergio.romero@austin.utexas.edu) or Christa Little-Siebold (christalittlesiebold@gmail.com)


Graduate students and young scholars working on Guatemala who are currently working in the field or writing up their work are encouraged to give a 5 minute abstract presentation of their work.  Based on the great demand presented on the last two conferences the twenty spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis. 


Pre-registration is open until June 1st: $75 professionals, $30 students (includes a dinner).

On-site registration: $100 professionlas, $50 students (includes a dinner).

Registration is free for members in Latin America.

To register your 2015 dues membership must be up to date, you may pay dues at: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/gsn/annual-membership-dues

For questions, contact Kasia Szremski at kasia.szremski@vanderbilt.edu

 

Inscripción abierta hasta el 1ero de junio:  $75 profesionales, $30 estudiantes (incluye una cena).

Inscripción después del 1ero de junio:  $100 profesinales, $30 estudiantes (incluye una cena).

Inscripción para miembros de GSN latinaomericanos es gratis.  La cuota de 2015 debe de estar pagada:  http://www.vanderbilt.edu/gsn/annual-membership-dues

Para inscribirse a la conferencia es importante tener pagada la cuota de membresía de GSN.

Para más información o para incsribirse favor de referirse a: Kasia Szremski, kasia.szremski@vanderbilt.edu





TABLE OF CONTENTS
  1. A FEW LINKS
  2. GSN IS NOW ON TWITTER
  3. YOUNG SCHOLAR LOOKING FOR INFO REGARDING GUATEMALAN WOMEN AND HISTORICAL MEMORY
  4. GSN STALWART TED FISCHER’S NGO MANI+ WINS MAJOR AWARD
  5. EXPERT WITNESS HELP NEEDED ON VIOLENCE AND LAND RIGHTS IN THE WESTERN HIGHLANDS
  6.  LECTURE THIS Thursday AT THE CASA POPONOE ON “CONCEPTUALIZING MUSEUMS"
  7. GREAT LOOKING NEW ARTICLE ON CONCEALMENT IN THE HIGHLANDS BY GSN’ER KEDRON THOMAS
  8. NAPA ANTIGUA OT FIELD PROGRAM THIS SUMMER
  9. OXLAJUJ IQ: MAYAN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE  SUMMER KAQCHIKEL AND K’ICHE’ COURSES
  10. SAD NEWS ON THE PASSING OF MIKE SHAWCROSS, ANTIGUA LEGEND (AWAITING MORE DETAILS)

  1. A FEW LINKS

    1. http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/02/indigenous-storytelling-in-the-limelight/  NEW FILM ON GUATEMALA WINS MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARD
    2. http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/women-lead-struggle-mining-machismo-guatemala/ WOMEN LEAD FIGHT AGAINST MINING AND MACHISMO IN GUATEMALA
    3. http://www.fygeditores.com/FGPF9789929552999.htm NEW BOOK ON ELITES IN CENTRAL AMERICA
    4. http://www.ticotimes.net/2015/03/05/guatemalan-president-waves-off-bidens-counsel-to-keep-un-impunity-commission GUATEMALAN PRESIDENT WAVES OFF BIDEN’S COUNSEL TO KEEP UN IMPUNITY COMISSION
    5.  http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/03/10/world/americas/ap-lt-guatemala-journalists.html?ref=americas&_r=0 GUNMAN KILL TWO JOURNALISTS IN SOUTHERN GUATEMALA
    6. DRAFT OF THE CONTROVERSIAL "ALLIANCE FOR PROSPERITY”  PLAN http://cdn.cmiguatemala.org/docs/download.php?file=Luis-Solano-Alianza-para-la-Prosperidad.pdf'
    7.  https://ghrcusa.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/commemorating-international-womens-day/ INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY PROCLAMATION BY A GROUP OF GUATEMALAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS


2. GSN IS NOW ON TWITTER

Dear GSN Members,

I'm pleased to announce that GSN is now on Twitter!  Please feel free to follow, share, retweet, and reply to @GuateSchNetwork.  I'm also happy to tweet anything that you'd like sent out to the entire world: events, news, field schools, funding, new publications, and links to research anyone wants to share in Spanish or English.  I've also devised a hashtag for the upcoming meeting this summer!  I propose that we use #GSN15, which will make it easy to promote, share, and live tweet any meeting related stuff.

No idea what any of the above means?  Feel free to ask me and I'm happy to get anyone up and running on Twitter.  Contact me via email: lisalynnmunro@gmail.com, @GuateSchNetwork, or my personal Twitter @llmunro.

Saludos a tod@s!

Lisa Munro



3. YOUNG SCHOLAR LOOKING FOR INFO REGARDING GUATEMALAN WOMEN AND HISTORICAL MEMORY
My name is Samira Marty, I am a Swiss MA Student of Social Anthropology of Development and currently conducting field work in Guatemala City about the topic of the conceptualization of the female indigenous body, violence against the latter and memory patterns.
As my stay in Guatemala soon comes to an end, I am looking for scholars in the Guatemala Network who have conducted research on similar topics that could help me further with references and previously conducted studies on the broad fields of "memoria histórica de mujeres", gendered violence, and indigenous feminism here in the region.
I would appreciate your help very much.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
Best regards,
Samira Marty
Samira Marty

M.A. Candidate in Anthropology & Sociology of Development

Mobile (Switzerland) +41 79 717 01 11
Skype: samira_ballerina



4. GSN STALWART TED FISCHER’S NGO MANI+ WINS MAJOR AWARD

Mani+ malnutrition project was awarded the Social Entreprenuership of the Year Award from Alterna in a ceremeony in Guatemala City last month:  http://alternaimpact.org/alterna-award-2014/
Mani+ is a locally sourced malnutrition product developed and produced in Guatemala for Guatemalan children (50% of whom suffer from malnutrition)

Also check out Ted’s new book The Good Life: Aspiration, Dignity, and the Anthropology of Wellbeing: 




5. EXPERT WITNESS HELP NEEDED ON VIOLENCE IN LAND RIGHTS IN THE WESTERN HIGHLANDS

I have a client who is detained and unfortunately has a very difficult judge. We had our individual hearing recently and, unlike most, this judge was not convinced by my country condition documents re: land conflict issues.  This is a case where an indigenous Maya Mam man got involved with the land committee of La Lupita in Suchetepequez  and then the police and military came in and violently forced them off the land- burning homes and beating folks. La Lupita is a community for "retornados" and is getting land from the Fondo del Tierra. My client was beaten unconscious.   Client is originally from Todos Santos, but fled to the US from the civil patrol after being brutally beaten and jailed in 1996. He was deported in 2010 and tried to live in Guat until beaten again in 2013.

I now want to get an expert involved to better explain the reality of life in Guatemala for the indigenous and all of the land conflict issues currently occurring.

Thanks so much!

Suzanne Sporri, Esq.
Immigration Counsel
55 New Montgomery Street, Suite 508
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: 415.977.0511

Fax: 650.878.2599



6. LECTURE THIS Thursday AT THE CASA POPONOE

Thursday, March, 19th.
Conceptualizing museums
By Andrea Terrón
4:00 pm
Contribution Q.30.00
Is in spanish.


7. GREAT LOOKING NEW ARTICLE ON CONCEALMENT IN THE HIGHLANDS BY GSN’ER KEDRON THOMAS


Kedron Thomas



8. NAPA ANTIGUA OT FIELD PROGRAM THIS SUMMER

Call for Students!  Placements available in the NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala — June 1-26, 2015.

Positions are available for anthropology, public health, and clinical students interested in building research skills!  More information and the application can be found at www.napaotguatemala.org.  Admission on a rolling basis with an April 1 deadline.  Email hall-clifford@napaotguatemala.org with questions.

NGO Networks and Perspectives on Child Migration:  Examining Perceptions of Root Causes

Faculty:  Ryan Lavalley, MOT, OTR/L; Carolina Axché; Rachel Hall-Clifford, PhD, MPH, MSc

 

Project Objectives

  •  To explore perspectives of Guatemalans on child migration to the United States and on its root causes 
  • To learn about the responses and actions of Guatemalan non-governmental organizations (NGOs), lawyers and activists, and diverse members of the community in confronting this issue
  • To understand the factors underpinning child migration from Guatemala and the kinds of interventions considered appropriate and feasible among stakeholders using an occupational lens
  • To investigate the role of NGOs in creating improved occupational outcomes for children in Guatemala through  educational, economic, and health-related programs
  • To compare Guatemalan perspectives of child migration to those emerging from international news sources and U.S. policy
  • To position child migration within human rights and social and occupational justice frameworks

 Project Activities

During the summer of 2014, a spike in rates of Central American children migrating unaccompanied to the United States has brought unprecedented levels of attention to this social and political issue.  Governments on both sides of the U.S. border have faced criticism over the opportunities available to children and the response to child migration.  Factors such as family structure, economic security, education, and violence have been cited in the international media as causes for the upsurge in child migration.  Among the issues under fierce debate is the contention that child migrants are legitimate refugees seeking asylum from life-threatening violence and unsustainable living conditions.  This project will focus on how Guatemalans view migration and what they think should be done to address it.

The NGO Networks group will work to explore occupational perspectives on child migration and its causes drawing from among diverse sectors of Guatemalan society.  The project will be developed in collaboration with local NGOs to investigate views of precipitating factors for the migration of Guatemalan children, with particular focus on programming strategies to improve educational and future employment opportunities. This project builds on previous work conducted by the NAPA-OT Field School on efforts to improve access to and quality of education for very low income families in villages around Antigua.  The NGO Networks group will explore legal and policy approaches to migration used within Guatemala.  By bringing together community, NGO, and legal perspectives, the group will consider human rights and occupational outcomes for Guatemalan migrant children.

Students will receive training to develop and implement semi-structured in-depth interviews with concerned Guatemalans, such as directors and staff members of NGOs, human rights lawyers and activists, and members of  affected communities, in order to understand the issue of child migration  from diverse local and international perspectives. Students will also observe NGO programming designed to address issues of structural violence as causes of child migration, using occupational analyses.  Students will analyze the data arising from Guatemalan viewpoints and critically compare key themes and notions of root causes of migration to narratives appearing in international media outlets. The research findings will be shared with participating NGOs and other stakeholders.

Key competencies gained will include: in-depth knowledge of the roles of NGOs; an introductory understanding of the Guatemalan legal and political system; qualitative research methods, including in-depth interviewing, data coding, and data analysis; occupational analysis; and policy-brief and executive report writing.


Rachel Hall-Clifford, PhD, MPH, MSc
Co-Director
NAPA-OT Field School, Guatemala


9. OXLAJUJ IQ: MAYAN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE  SUMMER KAQCHIKEL AND K’ICHE’ COURSES

Oxlajuj Iq’: Mayan Language Institute 2015

Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel

Antigua, Guatemala | June 14 – July 25, 2015

 

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW! See below for details

 

The Mayan Language Institute is an intensive six-week language immersion program in K’iche’ Maya and Kaqchikel Maya. Students study with both U.S. faculty and native speakers. In addition to language study, students participate in cultural activities, lectures, discussions, and excursions. Undergraduate students may study one of the languages at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. Graduate students must be prepared to study at the intermediate or advanced level.

 

With more than 1.5 million K’iche’ and Kaqchikel speakers in Guatemala, the goal of the institute is to help students develop and advance proficiency in their chosen language and to gain a better understanding of the cultural and political contexts that have affected the historical development and preservation of the language. Efforts to protect these languages are playing a pivotal role in the Mayan struggle to regain control over their political and cultural destiny.

 

Students pursuing K’iche’ Maya will spend six weeks in Nahualá. Students pursuing Kaqchikel Maya will spend six weeks in Antigua. All students are placed with local families for home-stays. Students should be flexible and prepared for living conditions in Guatemala. Classes in Antigua will take place at UT Austin’s Casa Herrera— a great colonial mansion turned beautifully restored academic facility— which is centrally located one block north of Antigua’s Central Park.

 

COURSES OFFERED:

Students will take one language course and one culture course.

 

Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya language (3 credits)

Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya Culture (3 credits)

PROGRAM COST:

The cost of the six-week program is TBA. It will include six Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), local family home stays and three meals per day (except Sundays), medical insurance, transportation from the airport upon arrival (GUA), and specialized group activities and excursions. Airfare to/from Antigua (GUA), extra meals, and incidental costs, such as laundry, passport/visa fees, vaccinations, et cetera, are not included in the program cost.

 

FLAS Summer Fellowships

This program qualifies as a FLAS-approved program with 140 contact hours of language instruction. For more information on application procedures, eligible students interested in applying should visit the following:

Graduate students, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)

Tulane Undergraduates, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)

The FLAS Fellowship application deadline is February 20, 2015. Note that the fellowship application and the program application are separate applications.

 

PROGRAM APPLICATION:

Complete applications will include:

+ online general application form

+ official copy of transcript

+ supplemental K’iche’ or Kaqchikel application

+ $50 non-refundable deposit* (check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Laura Wise, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118)

 

*Students may waive application deposit if they are applying for FLAS-Fellowship. More details in application.

TO APPLY:

visit this URL and download forms:

http://stonecenter.tulane.edu/page/MLI

 

Applications will be due March 13, 2015.

 

This program is offered in partnership with:

•           Tulane University Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies

•           Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies

•           University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Institute

•           University of Texas Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

•           University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies

 

 

For questions on this program, contact Laura Wise at 504.862.8629, or at sclassum_at_tulane.edu.


 



10. SAD NEWS ON THE PASSING OF MIKE SHAWCROSS, ANTIGUA LEGEND (AWAITING MORE DETAILS)


Mike Shawcross (Antigua –bookseller/caver/hiker, builder of Maya schools and road, etc.) has died



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Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Baylor University

(254) 710-6226